It's not what you do,

it's how you do it.

Entrepreneur, writer and speaker focused on leadership, life and social justice


Ashley Stanley is a born and bred Bostonian. Since founding Lovin’ Spoonfuls in 2010, more than 19 million pounds of fresh, healthy food has been rescued and brought into the social service stream. She has created unparalleled awareness for food rescue, with dedication to addressing hunger relief, climate change and health equity.

In 2011, the Boston Business Journal named her an ‘Emerging Leader.’ In 2012, Lovin’ Spoonfuls was a two-time winner of the Mass Challenge competition. In 2013, Ashley was selected as one of the BBJ’s 2013 ’40 under 40’ and served as a fellow at The Nantucket Project. In 2014, Ashley was recognized by The Boston Globe as a ‘Game Changer’ and in Boston Magazine‘s ‘Power of Ideas.’  She is an Oxfam International’s Sisters of the Planet Ambassador, a member of TEDWomen, and a TEDx community speaker. She’s been featured on NPR and written for The Huffington Post.



  • Generate meaningful and human-centered outcomes 

  • Challenge traditional and outdated ideas

  • Bring bold, simple and effective perspective to their personal and professional lives

Speaking and Thought Leadership

In addition to participating in conferences, summits and panels across the country, Ashley is a regular speaker / lecturer at Harvard, MIT, and Boston University's Questrom School of Business. 


TEDx Beacon Street (Summer 2020)

WATCH: Rethink Your Purpose, Repair The World

Inbound 2019 in Boston

WATCH: Video clip from Ashley's talk, 'It's Not What You Do, It's How You Do It' here!


Work and Food Justice

Since 2010, Ashley has been a vocal advocate for food rescue, leading the charge for food justice in Massachusetts. 

Bridging the gap between abundance and need, Ashley's organization, Lovin' Spoonfuls, provides over 75,000 pounds of fresh, perishable food to those who need it most in over 40 communities, feeding over 30,000 each week.

Though a direct distribution model, Lovin' Spoonfuls provides direct, same-day deliveries on a regular schedule, enabling beneficiaries to depend on the service and products. 

"We are all similar in our human condition, starting, at a minimum, with a common experience through food." 

- Ashley Stanley 




Articles, Ideas & Podcasts


In Vaccine Roll-Out Access is Key

Ashley applies lessons learned from feeding people facing food insecurity to the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Ashley Stanley on WGBH

Ashley joins Project Bread and the Rhode Island Food Bank to discuss the impact of COVID on food insecurity in MA.


Rethink Your Purpose, Repair The World

In Ashley's 3rd Ted Talk, she examines what happens when we identify a sense of purpose in history.